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Mangled wreck drives home road policing message

A mangled car wreck brings safe driving messages to life at the Police Museum’s new road policing exhibition.

“The faster you go, the bigger the mess isn’t just a slogan – it’s scientific fact,” says museum manager Kamaya Yates.

One part of the exhibition explains the physics of speed and what happens when a car drives into a power pole at different speeds.

A new road policing exhibition at the Police Museum

demonstrates the science behind speed.
Photo: Penny Clevely, Communications Manager, Training

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“We hope people will be provoked to think about the way they drive. We want people to get a sense of the forces involved in a high speed crash. Hopefully they will walk out and take more care on the roads,” says Kamaya.

The car wreck is from a crash in the Wellington region in 2009. Its occupants were injured but survived.

Another part of the display highlights milestones in the history of road policing since New Zealand’s first traffic officer, Thomas Turner, was appointed by the Auckland City Traffic Department to monitor horse drawn vehicles in 1894. It includes Hawk radar technology, a 1969 Alcotest breathalyser and road safety education items.

The exhibition took six months to develop and is a permanent display. The Police Museum is at the Police College in Porirua, open Wednesday to Saturday.

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